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  • Illinois Poised to Approve Concealed Carry

    09/15/2012 9:28:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 14 September, 2012 | dabneybailey
    The people of Illinois are a bunch of rebels. “We don’t care if the other 49 states allow for concealed carry – we’ll control guns as much as we want!” “We’re sticking with the folks in Arkansas and we’re going to keep using silent letters. Just try to stop us!” Well, one Illinois senator wants to bring Illinois another step closer to joining the rest of the country (on the concealed carry issue, not the silent “s” thing). State Sen. Gary Forby held a public meeting yesterday in Marion, Illinois, to speak with the public about changing Illinois’s concealed carry...
  • Socialist revolutionaries, Che Guevara part of Chicago teachers strike

    09/15/2012 5:37:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9/11/12 | Joe Newby
    Socialist revolutionaries, Che Guevara part of Chicago teachers strikeJoe Newby September 11, 2012 On Monday, teachers in Chicago went on strike, but a post at EAG News says the strike looks more like a rally for socialist revolution complete with Che Guevara t-shirts and anarchist flags as "a supportive collection of political radicals" joined the teachers on the picket lines. **SNIP** According to one flag-bearing protester, the banner represented "revolutionary unionism,” which, according to a post at the International Workers Association, "aims to unite all workers in combative economic organizations, that fight to free themselves from the double yoke of...
  • Mayor's Reputation Tarnished in Teachers Union Dust-up

    09/15/2012 5:25:01 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2012 | Kristen Mack, et al.
    The measure of who won and lost in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's showdown with the Chicago Teachers Union won't be clear until the details of the new contract emerge, but last week's strike took some of the luster off the mayor's self-portrait as an innovative leader brimming with new ways to solve the city's most vexing challenges. The long, stressful path to getting a contract in place offered a glimpse that Emanuel perhaps is not as multidimensional as he tries to appear. Repeatedly, the mayor turned to one tool: the attack. That singular approach contributed to the first teachers strike in...
  • Teachers Appear to be the Winner

    09/14/2012 1:35:29 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 36 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 14, 2012 | Mark Brown
    If the point of going on strike is to get a better deal than you would have received without it, then the Chicago Teachers Union is already a pretty clear winner this week in its confrontation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his school board. If the point of going on strike is to give voice to the frustrations of your members and to allow them to vent their anger, then you’d have to say the CTU was a runaway winner on that front as well. And if the point of going on strike is to let your employer know you’re...
  • Lessons that Rahm Emanuel Can Learn from Teacher Strike

    09/14/2012 1:29:20 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 6 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 14, 2012 | Fran Spielman
    Instead of ridiculing striking teachers for complaining about sweltering schools without air-conditioning, what if Mayor Rahm Emanuel had put his formidable fund-raising skills to work to persuade corporate donors to bankroll school air-conditioners? Instead of raising the strike threshold and offering cash bounties to entice individual schools to immediately implement his longer school day, what if Emanuel had worked with the Chicago Teachers Union to structure the longer day? Now that the teachers strike appears to be winding down, there are lessons to be learned for Chicago’s rookie mayor. Timing is everything. Drop the sarcasm. Don’t over-reach. You’re not as...
  • Foes of Strike? Older White Guys

    09/14/2012 9:25:18 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 16 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 13, 2012 | Rich Miller
    [M]ost of the media fall into the category of older white folks without kids in Chicago’s public schools. Whites who didn’t flee the city after the schools were desegrated fled the schools. Less than 9 percent of Chicago public school kids are white. The “real” schools, as Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called them a few days ago, have long since been abandoned by white folks. With overwhelming poverty in black and Latino neighborhoods, parents can’t afford private schools. A whopping 87 percent of all public school students come from low-income families. According to the latest U.S. Census numbers...
  • "Winning for America" national bus tour (Tea Party Express)

    09/14/2012 7:44:35 AM PDT · by Syncro · 27 replies
    Tea Party Express | Sept 11, 2012 | Staff
    Dear Friends, Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, announced the “Winning for America” national bus tour today. The tour will travel through 25 battleground states that are key to conservatives’ victories in November.For the complete tour schedule, click here. This week the President and his party will be bragging about their legislative success, and rightfully so. After an $825 billion dollar stimulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the Auto Bailout, President Obama and the Democratic Congress got everything they wanted. The unfortunate truth is that these policies have failed to yield the results that were promised...
  • Video: The Obamacare Mess Explained in One Sentence

    09/14/2012 5:28:51 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 13, 2012 | Guy Benson
    This puppy's going viral, so we might as well hop aboard the train and toot the horn a few times. Here's medical doctor and Illinois State Senate candidate Barbara Bellar summarizing the president's unpopular healthcare law in a single, tortured sentence: (Video at link) The transcript, via Ed Morrissey: So, let me get this straight. This is a long sentence. We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan that we’re forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single doctor but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents,...
  • Why Chicago Teachers Hate Rahm: How the Teachers Union Got to the Point of a Strike

    09/13/2012 9:12:48 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 46 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | September 12, 2012 | Ben Jorvasky
    Having spent the better part of a week asking teachers why they'd risk a public backlash by going on strike, I've concluded that the answer is best summed up by what one told me at their Labor Day rally: "Mayor Emanuel's pushed us to the limit. He's the world's biggest asshole." Actually, I think he may have dropped the F-bomb once—or twice. But I'm trying to clean things up since this is a family newspaper, dammit! But here's the bottom line: so much of this fight is fueled by the animosity of thousands of teachers toward one man. Emanuel increased...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup - The GEICO 400 at ChicagoLand - Sept. 16, 2012 - 1pm ET ESPN

    09/13/2012 8:08:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 80 replies ^ | 9/13/12
    Let the Chase for the 2012 trophy begin! It's ChicagoLand first up .. don your flak vests and extra absorbent Depends and get ready to boogie!!! AS always , this race thread is dedicated to those who serve and have served our flag and nation, many giving the ultimate sacrifice. Godspeed.
  • Watch Chicago for signs of public-worker union strength

    09/13/2012 7:05:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 9/13/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Watch Chicago. A strike by teachers there demonstrates public sector unions' struggle to find their footing in an era when even their friends are turning on them. "I don't think it's hard to see footprints" between the Windy City and events elsewhere, said Bob Bruno, a labor expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Writ large, this is another of these stories about collective bargaining in the public sector under siege. It's been unfolding since 2010." About 26,000 Chicago teachers went on strike this week over everything from pay and how much student test scores should count toward teachers'...
  • Concealed-carry meeting set for Thursday night in Marion(IL)

    09/13/2012 5:08:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 12 September, 2012 | NA
    MARION – A meeting set for Thursday in Marion will update gun owners about new efforts to pass concealed-carry legislation in Illinois, as well as a pending lawsuit aimed at getting rid of anti-gun laws. State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, will be hosting the meeting set for 8 p.m. in the Operators Local 318 office, located at 3310 Water Tower in Marion. Todd Vandermyde, a state lobbyist with the National Rifle Association, is scheduled to speak. The meeting is open to the public. “I am confident that we will be able to pass a concealed-carry bill in the Senate during...
  • Autopsy Proves Planned Parenthood Killed Woman in Botched Abortion

    09/12/2012 9:07:22 PM PDT · by kathsua · 39 replies ^ | 9/11/12 | Steven Ertelt
    A leading pro-life group has obtained a copy of Tonya Reaves’ autopsy report that it says shows beyond a doubt that the 24-year old woman died from three major complications during a botched second-trimester abortion suffered at a Chicago area Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on July 20, 2012. Operation Rescue, which obtained the full autopsy results late yesterday, says it indicates that Reaves’ injuries were survivable if she had received proper emergency care in a timely manner. The autopsy report is seven pages in length but it took two months for it to be released publicly, despite requests from OR...
  • Beware of Backfire - Striking Chicago teachers may turn Illinois into Wisconsin.

    09/12/2012 12:59:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    City Journal ^ | 11 September 2012 | Christian Schneider
    If Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has spent the last 18 months painting a portrait of public-employee unions as intransigent and selfish, the Chicago Teachers Union this week provided him with confirmation. On Monday, 25,000 Chicago teachers (average salary: $76,000 before benefits) walked out of their classrooms, leaving nearly 350,000 schoolchildren and their parents in the lurch. The teachers are fighting to protect their lavish pay and benefit packages and also trying to stave off a new accountability plan that would evaluate their effectiveness using studentsÂ’ test scores. The Chicago strike serves as a counterpoint to events in Wisconsin after WalkerÂ’s...
  • Former Univ. of Chicago law school dean: Obama was never offered tenure

    09/12/2012 8:08:36 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    A longtime professor and one-time dean of the University of Chicago Law School told The Daily Caller that Barack Obama was never offered tenure, despite the assertions of a New York Times reporter who covers the president and the first family. “Other faculty members dreamed of tenured positions; [Obama] turned them down,” wrote Times White House Correspondent Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas,” in a July 30, 2008 profile of the president’s twelve years as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. And yet, according to longtime University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein, Obama was never actually...
  • ’2016: Obama’s America’ Movie Is Disturbingly Necessary

    09/12/2012 8:18:57 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 24 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 17 August 2012 | Scot Paulsen
    This past week, “2016: The Movie” about President Barack Obama opened in the Chicago area, and I chose to get more of an education about Obama by seeing the movie. After the inundation of canned hype for the movie on conservative talk shows across the Chicago radio dial that sounded more like commercials than honest endorsements of the movie, I was skeptical of what I was going to see. While some talk show hosts sounded like they were genuinely impressed with the documentary and honestly endorsing the film, there were those who were obviously reading a commercial script which was...
  • Chicago Public School Kids Would Need Vouchers to Attend "Unreal Schools"

    09/12/2012 6:25:11 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 12, 2012 | John Kass
    When Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis led her members out on strike this week, she said, "Negotiations have been intense but productive. However, we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike. Real school will not be open (Monday)." Since real school wasn't open, I was compelled to visit an unreal school. A South Side school where 100 percent of the students graduate are accepted to college. A Roman Catholic all-boys school that draws from poor and working-class neighborhoods, a school where there are no cops or metal detectors, no gang recruitment, no fear. An...
  • Che-cago Teachers Union Uses Idle Students as Props in Strike

    09/12/2012 4:58:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 12, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    On the first day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, the union had the gall to use student protesters as props in its fight for bigger raises and better benefits, but less accountability. See video here. Not surprisingly, at least some of the student protesters had no idea why they were there or what they were protesting. These kids simply look up to their teachers and assume they are right about everything, and the union is willing to exploit their naiveté for its own purposes. One student, when asked what his sign meant, replied that he didn't know and...
  • Obama Lawyer Admits Forgery (title shortened)

    09/11/2012 2:17:44 PM PDT · by Eagles6 · 68 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 12, 2012 | Dan Crosby
    NEW YORK, NY – After a Maricopa County law enforcement agency conducted a six-month forensic examination which determined that the image of Obama’s alleged 1961 Certificate of Livej Birth posted to a government website in April, 2011 is a digital fabrication and that it did not originate from a genuine paper document, arguments from an Obama eligibility lawyer during a recent New Jersey ballot challenge hearing reveals the image was not only a fabrication, but that it was likely part of a contrived plot by counterfeiters to endow Obama with mere political support while simultaneously making the image intentionally appear...
  • Busted: Chicago Teacher’s Union Caught Using Kids at Strike Protest (Video)

    09/11/2012 11:32:44 AM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    The Getaway Pundit ^ | September 22, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Chicago teachers went on strike today for the first time in 25 years. 400,000 students and their families were affected. Teachers in Chicago are the highest paid in the nation and make an average $74,839 a year. It took less than 24 hours for the Chicago Teacher’s Union to start using kids in their strike protests. EAG News reported:
  • $4 Billion in 4 Years: Federal Subsidies to Chicago Schools

    09/11/2012 8:25:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    $4 Billion in 4 Years: Federal Subsidies to Chicago Schools By Terence P. Jeffrey September 11, 2012 ( - Taxpayers in places as divergent as Florida and Montana, Nevada and New Hampshire, Arizona and Maine--as well as their children who will eventually need to pay the interest on the federal government's growing debt--may not think they have a stake in the Chicago teachers strike, but in fact the budgets of the Chicago Public Schools show that American taxpayers everywhere have literally billions at stake in what goes on in this one city's public school system. Over the past four years,...
  • Paul Ryan: We stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel against the Chicago teachers’ union

    09/11/2012 8:13:13 AM PDT · by bigbob · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9-10-12 | Allahpundit
    Neither Jay Carney nor Romney mentioned Rahm in their respective statements on the strike (Carney punted on the matter altogether, not surprisingly), but Ryan knows a political opportunity when he sees one. In a standoff between two of Obama’s biggest cronies, his former chief of staff and the unions that bankroll him, The One’s going to strain mightily to remain scrupulously neutral. Romney/Ryan’s task: Make that neutrality as uncomfortable as possible. The only surprise, says National Journal, is that it took the campaign this long to twist the knife. “If you turned on the TV this morning or sometime today,...
  • Illinois: Land of 7,000 Governments

    09/11/2012 8:03:21 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 3 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | September 7, 2012 | Whet Moser
    People in Illinois like to complain about big government. But maybe there's a bigger problem: little government. Lots and lots of them, from municipalities to townships to special districts to school districts. Every five years the Census does a census of governments, and Illinois ranks first, as it always does, with 6,968, over 2,000 more than the runner-up, Pennsylvania. And we don't just have more governments than anywhere else; we have more of just about every kind of government the Census surveys. 2007 was the last year that a detailed breakdown was available; here are how the top four states...
  • Chicago tops nation in tax burden for travelers

    09/11/2012 7:36:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 18 replies ^ | Sep 10, 2012
    Chicago tops nation in tax burden for travelers For an average visit to downtown Chicago, a traveler will pay about $40.31 in combined taxes per day, a study finds. Three Florida cities tied for lowest cost. By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times September 10, 2012 Chicago, the city that brought us deep-dish pizza, Oprah and "da Bears," is also home to the nation's highest tax burden for travelers. The lowest taxes imposed on travelers can be found in the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach. Those are among the findings of new research by the...
  • Results of Chicago paying tribute to thugs…

    09/11/2012 6:52:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 10 September, 2012 | NA
    Works about as well as gun control… Paying tribute to thugs to ‘prevent’ crime nets us this gem… (GunNews) – Ceasefire Illinois got a million dollars from the City of Chicago earlier this summer to hire ex-convicts to “mediate” disputes between violent criminals and to “prevent” crime. It’s true. This isn’t April Fool’s and sadly, it’s not a joke: Chicago (Sun-Times) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday he’s proceeding with caution in forging a city partnership with CeaseFire Illinois ­ and not writing a “blank check” ­ to make certain ex-offenders hired by the group are “preventing crime, not committing...
  • Figures. Chicago Teacher’s Union President Linked to Former Communist Party Chief and Barack Obama

    09/11/2012 1:28:02 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/10/12 | Jim Hoft
    More Hope and Change… Mike Klonsky, an Obama supporter and former associate of the radicals who formed the terrorist group the Weatherman, received a $175,000 grant from the William Ayers/Barack Obama-led Annenberg Challenge to run the Small Schools Workshop. Klonsky belonged to the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and was best friends with friends William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who later became famous for their acts of terrorism. Later he started a blog on the Obama website: Between 1979 and 1981, Communist Party chairman and Obama supporter Mike Klonsky was repeatedly feted with state-dinner-level visits to Beijing. And get...
  • Book: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Offered to Arrange a Blagojevich Pardon from Obama

    09/10/2012 10:03:19 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 10, 2012 | Natasha Korecki
    Chicago Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki followed every step of Blagojevich’s downfall. She details his demise in a new book — Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the Nation. The book raises the question of whether Jesse Jackson Jr., the congressman son of the famed civil rights leader, plotted to arrange a pardon for Blagojevich from President Barack Obama.
  • Grandmother gives birth to her own grandchild after cervical cancer left her daughter infertile

    09/10/2012 8:09:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 7, 2012 | Kerry Mcqueeney
    Full title: The gift of life: Grandmother, 53, gives birth to her own grandchild after cervical cancer left her daughter infertile It is perhaps one of the greatest gifts a mother could give. A woman in her 50s has given birth to her own grandchild after becoming a surrogate mother for her infertile daughter. Cindy Reutzel, 53, gave birth to a healthy baby girl a week ago who will now be brought up by her 32-year-old daughter Emily Jordan.
  • One day of teaching nets IL union lobbyists $100k-per-year state pensions

    10/24/2011 8:59:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 24,2011 | ED MORRISSEY
    It’s practically a fantasy come to life: work a single day and get a golden parachute that will guarantee one’s retirement in comfort and luxury. Only in Illinois, it’s not just a fantasy, it’s a dream come true for two high-ranking union officials who worked a single day in a public school. Thanks to a loophole in the law that the state legislature inserted into a “reform” law, that one day as substitute teachers will cost Illinois taxpayers a few million dollars in pensions: Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees...
  • It’s For the Kids… Chicago Teachers – Who Make $74,839 a Year – Go On Strike

    09/10/2012 3:52:42 PM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    The Getaway Pundit ^ | September 10, 2012, | Jim Hoft
    Chicago teachers went on strike today for the first time in 25 years. 400,000 students and their families were affected. Teachers in Chicago make an average $74,839 a year.** The teachers want a 16% raise over 4 years costing the city $400 million. (Who gets that kind of a raise these days?) Tens of thousands of teachers and support staff in Chicago went on strike Monday after their union and school officials failed to reach a contract agreement. The AP reported: Chicago teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after their union and district...
  • Charter schools in session despite [public school] strike [in Chicago]

    09/10/2012 4:01:30 PM PDT · by grundle · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 9, 2012 | Jennifer Delgado
    Leslie Daniels enrolled her son in a Chicago charter school three years ago because she didn't like the education he was getting in his local neighborhood school. In the back of her mind, she also knew the school was less likely to be affected by labor problems because its teachers are not members of the Chicago Teachers Union. That's an added benefit now that the union has called for its first walkout in 25 years. All of the city's charter schools will remain open Monday. "I'm glad I made the switch," said Daniels, 55. "I feel for the other parents...
  • Obama Will Solve Chicago Teachers Strike

    09/10/2012 4:47:38 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 16 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 10 September 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Last week I asked a stupid question, and it took me a couple of hours on Friday to figure it out. I've been hoping I wouldn't forget it all weekend. And here we are, and I remember what it was. The stupid question I asked was: "Why are the teachers in Chicago going on strike?" The answer is very simple: So Obama can solve it as a campaign issue. That's why they're on strike. It won't be long before we hear Moochelle say that he's up late at night on the campaign trail practically crying, reading letters...
  • Paul Ryan on Chicago teachers strike: ‘We stand with Rahm Emanuel’

    09/10/2012 4:04:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Sept. 10, 2012 | Chris Moody
    Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke out against the Chicago Teachers Union strike on Monday, saying he stands behind Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's opposition to the demonstration. "Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher's union strike is unnecessary and wrong," Ryan said in Portland, Ore., according to a pool report transcript. "We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel." More than 26,000 education professionals in the Chicago area did not attend work on Monday over a contract negotiation dispute with the...
  • Romney slams striking Chicago teachers

    09/10/2012 10:56:54 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept. 10, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    Mitt Romney on Monday blasted the Chicago Teachers Union for its decision to “turn its back” on students in the Windy City after the labor group, representing teachers and support staff in the nation’s third-largest public school system, walked off the job for the first time time in 25 years. “Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet,” said Mr. Romney, the GOP’s presidential nominee. The two sides are reportedly not far apart in salary negotiations, but other issues — such...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Chicago strike is Democratic ‘setup’

    09/10/2012 2:01:01 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh: Chicago strike is Democratic ‘setup’ By: Kevin Robillard September 10, 2012 03:14 PM EDT Rush Limbaugh said Monday a strike by the 26,000-member Chicago Teachers’ Union was nothing but a ploy to help President Barack Obama’s reelection. “Let’s just see how long this thing goes on, and let’s see how it gets solved,” the conservative talk show host said on his radio show. “Anybody want to bet against me that Obama’s the one that gets credit for this, in a few short days? Anybody want to bet that there might be a little bit of violence and finally...
  • U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading

    09/10/2012 11:45:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading By Terence P. Jeffrey September 10, 2012 ( - Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math. Chicago public school teachers went on strike on Monday and one of the major issues behind the strike is a new system Chicago plans to use for evaluating public school teachers in which student improvement on standardized tests will count for 40 percent of a...
  • Why the Chicago teacher’s strike is bad news for President Obama

    09/10/2012 10:41:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10Sep 2012 | Chris Cillizza
    For the first time in nearly three decades, Chicago public school teachers went on strike this morning. At first glance, you might be tempted to think that what happens in Chicago has little to no effect on the politics of Washington and the presidential race. But, you’d be wrong. There are several reasons to believe that what happens in Chicago could have a real — and negative — impact on President Obama and the broader race for the White House this fall. We list the three biggest reasons below. * It’s Chicago: Yes, we know that President Obama has no...
  • Chicago teachers walk out, schools close

    09/10/2012 7:47:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/10/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Parents in Chicago had to scramble today as teachers walked out last night after weeks of contract negotiations, launching their first strike in 25 years. Already the nation's first- or second-best paid teachers among urban school districts, the union rejected an offer from the school board that would have increased their pay by 16% over four years: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis announced late Sunday night that weekend talks had failed to resolve all the union's issues. “We have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike,” she said. “No CTU members will be inside of...
  • School's out in Chicago as teachers strike, parents scramble (Obama Union Supporters)

    09/10/2012 3:40:49 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 53 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 9/10/2012 | Greg McCune
    School was out in Chicago on Monday and parents scrambled for child care after public school teachers staged the first strike in a quarter century over reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and endorsed by President Barack Obama's administration. Some 29,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third largest school district were involved, leaving parents of 350,000 students between kindergarten and high school age to find alternative supervision.
  • Fighting crime a 'day-to-day' effort, top cop says (Chicago barf alert)

    09/09/2012 2:31:14 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09 sept 2012 | John P. Huston
    So far this month, the number of homicides has surpassed an average of one per day. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy found some consolation in that statistic on Saturday. “The fact is, we’re doing better than we were doing before,” McCarthy said, after a press conference highlighting a citywide youth anti-violence campaign that recently ended. Through noon Saturday, there were 10 homicides for the month in Chicago — including two gun-related deaths shortly before McCarthy’s press conference, according to reports. There were 15 homicides through Sept. 8 last year, Chicago police statistics show.
  • Rep. Joe Walsh: Sandra Fluke, You’re 31, ‘Get A Job’

    09/08/2012 3:41:14 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 60 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 8, 2012 | Laura Donovan
    It’s been quite a year for Georgetown University Law graduate Sandra Fluke, who fell into the spotlight after conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” in February. The 31-year-old also spoke at the DNC this week, and Rep. Joe Walsh is not impressed. The Republican politician said during a Saturday campaign stop that Fluke needs to just “get a job” already. --snip-- “So at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night their first prime time speaker was Sandra Fluke, whatever her name is. Think about this, a 31-32 year old law student who has been a student for life, who gets...
  • Chicago in Meltdown as Rahm Fundraises

    09/07/2012 4:07:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies
    Commentary ^ | 9/7/2012 | Bethany Mandel
    The city of Chicago, the third largest in America, is crumbling into anarchy. The murder rate is so out of control that federal authorities have agreed to assist the Chicago Police Department in their efforts to curb soaring violence. The city has seen over a thirty-percent rise in its murder rate this year and in the last eight days of August, 82 people were killed or wounded by gun violence. With his city in a violent downward spiral, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been focusing on what’s important: banning Chik-fil-A from Chicago. On Wednesday, during Bill Clinton’s address to the DNC...
  • School bus reported hit by gunfire on Far South Side(Chicago)

    09/07/2012 11:58:16 AM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies
    A bus transporting students to a Far South Side parochial school was believed to have been hit by gunfire this morning as the vehicle was picking up children in the South Deering neighborhood, authorities said. Neither the driver nor any of the approximately 25 students on the bus at the time were injured, police said. Police were called to Our Lady of Guadalupe School, 9050 S. Burley Ave., about 7:40 a.m., following a report of criminal damage to a bus there, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. Police found that a gunshot appears to have entered one...
  • Obamacare Summed Up in One Sentence

    09/06/2012 8:34:04 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug. 22, 2012 | Dr. Barbara Bellar
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  • Things Get a Little Foggy for Democrats in Charlotte

    09/06/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 6, 2012 | John Kass
    When President Barack Obama asked stoners Harold & Kumar to help with his message, the inevitable was bound to happen.
  • Guilty Verdict in Drew Peterson Murder Trial

    09/06/2012 12:55:46 PM PDT · by ozaukeemom · 26 replies
    The jury in the Drew Peterson murder trial of his 3rd wife, Kathleen Savio, has come in with a verdict of guilty. Sentencing to be November 26.
  • FAA officials accused of pressuring staff to vote for Obama

    09/05/2012 7:52:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/05/12 | Keith Laing
    A government accountability group is accusing supervisors at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of urging the agency's employees to vote for President Obama and other Democrats in November. The Washington, D.C.-based Cause of Action, which identifies itself as nonpartisan, said Wednesday that FAA officials at a Seattle office told employees that the agency’s funding would be more secure if Obama defeats Mitt Romney to win a second term. The allegation, if true, would be a violation of the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits government agencies from getting involved in partisan activities.
  • Rahm Emanuel In June: When President Obama Arrives The Rain Stops

    09/05/2012 11:09:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | September 5,2012 | Charlie Spiering
    While introducing President Obama in June, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joked to Chicago Democrats that when Obama is in town the weather improves.
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson: No Guess When Son Will Return to Congress

    09/04/2012 9:25:43 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 4, 2012 | Julie Percha and Jonathan Karl
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been absent from Congress for almost three months — and today, his father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, said he could not even guess when his son might return to Capitol Hill. “I don’t want to hazard a guess,” Jackson said in an interview on the ABC News/Yahoo Democratic National Convention live stream. “I mean, I’m a father in this, not — not medical adviser,” he said. “He must make that decision as to whether … he can continue to serve.” When Jesse Jackson Jr. abruptly took a leave of absence from Congress in early June,...
  • Tea Party Express Announces “Winning for America” National Bus Tour [Sept 12-Oct 1](Update # 31)

    09/04/2012 3:58:06 PM PDT · by Syncro · 39 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | Sept 4, 2012 | Staff
    Tea Party Express Announces :"Winning for America" National Bus Tour 25 Battleground States in 21 Days Starting September 12thSacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, announced the “Winning for America” national bus tour today. The tour will travel through 25 battleground states that are key to conservatives’ victories in November. Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said, “This week the President and his party will be bragging about their legislative success, and rightfully so. After an $825 billion dollar stimulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the Auto Bailout, President Obama and the Democratic Congress got...